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Man pleads guilty to blackmail in online photo scam

Posted: 03/18/2014 - New Jersey authorities say a Philadelphia man has admitted he blackmailed a man who responded to his online ad for gay sex. Steven Beisher pleaded guilty to theft by extortion.

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Obama giving Medal of Honor to 24 vets from 3 wars

Posted: 03/18/2014 - President Barack Obama is moving to right old wrongs by belatedly awarding the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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Fast-food protests to spotlight 'wage theft'

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Fast-food protests are planned for several U.S. cities today as labor organizers look to bring attention to practices they say illegally deprive workers of their wages.

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Marijuana study in veterans wins federal backing

Posted: 03/18/2014 - The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

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Feds: Limit marathon suspect's view of gory photos

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to bar Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from seeing some of the gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the attack.

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Another GM recall: 1.18M SUVs for air bag issue

Posted: 03/18/2014 - General Motors issued a new recall of 1.5 million vehicles Monday, part of an effort to assure buyers that it's moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks.

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States looking at $0 community college tuition

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

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Missing plane throws spotlight on passport theft

Posted: 03/18/2014 - When a German tourist refused to surrender his passport as collateral at a car rental stand along a popular beach in the Thai resort city of Phuket, the woman behind the counter pulled out a bag full of passport books to prove he could trust her.

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Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

Posted: 03/18/2014 - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

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An Obama foreign policy sampler

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy.

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Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?

Posted: 03/18/2014 - Warren Buffett looks at his offer to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor.

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Health care sign-ups hit 5M mark

Posted: 03/18/2014 - The Obama administration says more than 5 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the new health care law.

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Study: spilled W.Va. chemical smells in low dose

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A taxpayer-funded, independent research group says the chemical that spilled into 300,000 West Virginians' water can be smelled in water well below its safe drinking level.

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Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA's 'unlawful cartel'

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A new federal lawsuit claims the National Collegiate Athletic Association should allow college football and basketball players to get some of the money they make for their schools.

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Scrabble to get new word, fans get to vote

Updated: 03/17/2014 - Hasbro says it's working with Merriam-Webster to change the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years.

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Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health

Posted: 03/17/2014 - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Posted: 03/17/2014 - New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether march participants can carry pro-gay signs.

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Magnitude-6.7 quake hits Chile's northern coast

Posted: 03/17/2014 - A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook Chile's northern Pacific shore Sunday, and authorities said more than 100,000 people briefly evacuated some coastal areas as a precaution. Only minor damage was reported.

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